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Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs. Georgia State Panthers - 3/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Georgia State Panthers (20-9) at Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (19-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Fant-Ewing Coliseum)

The Line: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Georgia State Panthers will travel to Fant-Ewing Coliseum to take on the UL Monroe Warhawks this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Georgia State Panthers improved to 20-9 (13-5 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Troy Trojans, 75-64, this past Saturday. Georgia State shot 62.0% from the field and 33.3% (4-12) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was Ryan Harrow who had 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Georgia State is ranked 81st in the RPI Standings and has played the 195th ranked SOS. On the season, the Panthers have been led by Ryan Harrow (20.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.2 apg) and R.J. Hunter (19.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.8 apg). Georgia State is averaging 73.2 ppg (ranked 45th) on 48.9% shooting (ranked 8th). The Panthers commit just 10.8 turnovers per game (ranked 31st) and shoot 72.5% from the free-throw line (ranked 58th).  Georgia State is holding their opponents to an average of 63.2 ppg (ranked 92nd) on 38.4% shooting (ranked 17th). The Panthers average 9.0 spg (ranked 7th) and have a turnover margin of 4.6 (ranked 7th).

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs. Georgia State Panthers - 3/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UL Monroe Warhawks dropped to 19-10 (13-5 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 66-43, this past Saturday. UL Monroe shot 33.9% from the field and 21.1% (4-19) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Warhawks was Nick Coppola who had 12 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists. UL Monroe is ranked 128th in the RPI Standings and has played the 211th ranked SOS. On the season, the Warhawks have been led by Tylor Ongwae (14.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.8 apg) and Majok Deng (10.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.5 bpg). UL Monroe is averaging 65.3 ppg (ranked 227th) on 43.6% shooting (ranked 169th). The Warhawks average 11.6 turnovers per game (ranked 69th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.17 (ranked 87th).  UL Monroe is holding their opponents to an average of 60.6 ppg (ranked 37th) on 38.3% shooting (ranked 14th). The Warhawks commit 15.6 personal fouls per game (ranked 23rd) and hold opponents to 29.2% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 13th).

The Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall however, just 4-12 ATS in their last 16 road games. The Warhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Georgia State rebounded from a bad loss at Arkansas-Little Rock, in which they gave up an inexcusable 92 points, to beat Troy in a game in which they shot 62.0% from the floor. UL Monroe might have been looking past Appalachian State in anticipation for this match-up and got outplayed in every aspect of the game in their 23 point loss. Although UL Monroe has been on top of the conference for much of the season, Georgia State is still the clear cut favorite to win the Sun Belt tournament. Georgia State was able to beat UL Monroe 65-45 earlier in the season, and I think they are going to come out in this one with a double-digit victory on the road. I'm taking Georgia State to cover in this one. 

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